Thanks for the condolences everyone. I'm hurt and frustrated, but the friend who watched them feels absolutely terrible after hearing what happened and has offered me compensation or replacements for my babies. Of course I declined. My betta are alive, if a bit worse for wear, and I'd rather just move on.
Currently stripping down and re-doing all my tanks to keep me busy and looking forward. Thanks again for the love, guys.
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